A tree (well, 12 of them) grows in Aldine
Take a look at this Google Maps link. This is north Houston, near Aldine. West Road is the four-lane road to the north. To the east is I-45.
"So what?" you might ask. "All I see is a utility easement."
You're right. It runs north and south through the middle of the map.
But look at the right side of the easement. A dark line parallels the easement and ends just before West Road.
A row of about a dozen large oak trees are lined up there. (It's easier to see if you copy/paste the image into Photoshop and fine-tune the color levels. I can e-mail an image if interested. I would have posted it here, but I'd rather not get a letter from Google's lawyers.)
An employee with the Greater Greenspoint Management District happened upon the site six years ago and wanted to turn the location into a park. He contacted me and gave me a quick tour of the site.
The idea is that two rows of trees may have led to a homestead in the area. It's likely the second row of trees may have been cut down to make way for the easement.
The homestead, long gone by now, is thought to have been located across West Road as evidenced by remnants of a daffodil garden on the property.
Harris County records indicate the land at one time belong to John Durkee, a late 1800s settler from New York.
Last time I checked, the plans for a park never came to fruition.
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